Fresh Off The Boat

It was a humble neighborhood of red brick apartments in a middle-class neighborhood of Toronto. The black door to a nondescript building opens and a woman walks out. A little stooped, her entire body seems to be apologizing for its presence.  Neha wears black trousers, a slightly crumpled cotton blouse, and a large blazer. Her …

Bitiya – a daughter is born

The Second Son - Episode 2 Link to Episode 1 India was basking in the early days of independence after the withdrawal of Colonial rule. There was tentative joy, budding confidence, and a glimmer of hope that had long been absent in the country. People were exhilarated by their newfound freedom and they were eager …

The Starving Artist

God had generously bestowed talent on Ashmita, but he had not been so generous with good fortune. When Ashmita was a child, she lost both her parents in a car accident. Ashmita was nine then. And her younger brother Sameer was just over a year old.  Ashmita had just returned from school that day. From …

The Second Son

As the second son of Mr. Moushoom Chatterjee, Bhima was, by birth, exempt from most responsibilities towards the family. As manjala bhaiya (middle brother), his duties were restricted to taking care of himself - getting a good education, marrying a respectable lady, and enjoying the family fortune - the fortune that his father had earned …

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